March 21, 2008 (RALEIGH, NC) — Trees Across Raleigh, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the City of Raleigh’s appearance, fostering greater community pride, and promoting economic development by planting trees throughout the city, will sponsor “Spring Day in the Park” in Pullen Park on Saturday, March 29th starting at 9 a.m.
Organizers explained that the city’s current drought condition precludes its annual tree-planting event. Instead, volunteers will spread mulch to help the park’s existing trees withstand the dry conditions. Trees Across Raleigh will provide tools, gloves and refreshments.
Now in its 11th year, Trees Across Raleigh began in 1997 after Hurricane Fran destroyed so many of the city’s trees. The first planting project took place along Glenwood Avenue near Five Points to plant Chinese elms, oaks, and crape myrtles along the median from the Wade Avenue interchange north to The Circle.
Since then, over 3500 volunteers have planted more than 7000 trees in public rights-of-way, medians, and parks at a value of over $930,000.
Other Trees Across Raleigh plantings have improved the appearance of New Bern Avenue near Wake Medical Center, Millbrook Exchange Park, Fletcher Park, Chavis Park, Marsh Creek Park, Method Road Park, Biltmore Park, and Pullen Park. The annual spring planting was held this year in Honeycutt Park in North Raleigh.
Trees Across Raleigh, Inc. is a non-profit organization that works with Raleigh’s Parks & Recreation Department. For more information, visit http://www.treesacrossraleigh.org, or call 919-571-7937.